Cinema: A Fine Romance

ARTHUR RUBINSTEIN—LOVE OF LIFE

Directed by FRANÇOIS REICHENBACH and S.G. PATRIS

This is one of those documentaries that get by, not on their own quality but on the richness of their subjects. Arthur Rubinstein is a full bounty, as much a great pianist as a cosmic romantic force. Unhappily, French Co-Director François Reichenbach is a sloppy, indiscriminate documentarian. His last contribution was the scrambled paean to the glories of rock culture, The Medicine Ball Caravan (1971). The Rubinstein film betrays the same makeshift style, the same kind of groupie's reverence. It does not serve Rubinstein well, but serving him at all makes the...

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